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by Ellis Hayward on July 12th, 2017

It is good to see that the poppy patch is doing well this year. I always look forward to seeing them after so many years attempts. They are part of the wild flower meadow at the top of the allotment.
The cottage garden looks great as usual, each year the plants thrive on the care and attention given by Jan and Jean. A lasting memory of the work Pete undertook to achieve such a brilliant result. He will always be remembered for his dedication to the task of developing the allotment

by Ellis Hayward on April 18th, 2017

​One year ago, we lost a great man, Pete Allsop, who had made a wilderness into a beautiful garden. My Facebook page reminded me about that tragic event and the last picture I took of Pete after we had erected the aluminium staging in the polytunnel. I am glad that Jean and Janet are carrying on with Pete’s garden. The allotment is looking good although there are plenty of jobs to be done: beds to dig over, wellingtons to be washed, beds and sheds to be painted with preservative, potatoes to be planted and more. 

The pond project, which was constructed by Cemex, has been surrounded by a rope fence constructed with the valuable assistance of Janet’s husband “Tank”. Without his endeavours, I would be still lining up all the posts to make sure everything was level. The photographs on the Allotment Page show the change over time with the pond project. The sleeper seat has been moved into the pond area so that people can sit and enjoy the pond life. We also extended the wild meadow area to surround the chair that contains the memorial to Pete. Jean thought that Pete would like to be surrounded by the plants he loved so much. On a personal note, I was very glad to see some poppies grow in the meadow and I hope that more will flower this year.
 
I enjoy being back on the allotment and the recent sunny weather has been a bonus. I repeat Pete’s words when he said, “what could be better than relaxing at a picnic table in the garden watching the wildlife come and go and soaking up the peaceful atmosphere”.

by Ellis Hayward on January 8th, 2017

Happy New Year from the Trustees, Volunteers and Members. What will the New Year bring?

The Wellbeing Centre has been included in two bids for the provision of Recovery and Peer- to -Peer support service. Hopefully something will come from our inclusion, the bids have to scrutinised and debated by the Derbyshire County Council and Clinical Commissioning Groups before any decision can be announced. The new service is due to commence on April 1st 2017. The successful bidder(s) will be notified towards the end of January and officially announced in early February. 

The allotment will be expanded in 2017 by our new partnership with Aspire Housing and the Volunteer Centre who will be developing the lower allotment area. Exciting times with more raised beds and a new community shed. It all looks good for the allotment and hopefully the same will apply to the Wellbeing Centre.

by Ellis Hayward on November 13th, 2016

 Here we are at the end of another year on the allotment. It does not mean that we are shutting the allotment, we will remain open throughout the winter months maintaining the sheds and preparing the raised beds for a new growing season. Jean and Jan have been working very hard to clear the raised beds of old plants and leaves to produce more compost for use in the New Year. 

We have been working with the Buxton Volunteer Centre and Aspire Housing with plans for the lower area of the allotment and some redesign work around the pond area.
 
This picture illustrates the type of weather experienced at the allotment over the last wek. On Wednesday there was snow lying on the ground. It had cleared on Thursday and I attempted to put the gutters up on the new shed to collect water. The picture shows a heavy shower of hailstones  which fell during the afternoon. 
May I thank all the people who have attended the community allotment this year and hopefully will continue to see them plus a lot more in the New Year.

by Ellis Hayward on August 12th, 2016

Here we are in August 2016 and the allotment welcomes three project workers who will be working on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. I am glad that Jean has agreed to be part of the team that will continue the work Pete started. Janet and Lee have also joined the team and we are all working together to maintain the gardens and raised beds. I sat on  the memorial chair to Pete's memory and looked over the cottage garden and the raised beds and I imagined that Pete was with me and approved of the way we are continuing his work. I don't really know the difference between a plant and a weed and I am determined to be able to recognise each plant and weed as they appear in the allotment.  I have been looking at Pete the Poets blog site at http://petethepoet.blogspot.co.uk and I found the following that Pete wrote about a day at Skirr Cottage and I include it in this blog as a symbol of my respect for a great man.


​Friday, 4 March 2016

Skirr Cottage Diary


Well the snow is lying crisp and even. Actually it is not all that even as it is drifting in the wind. The garden shrubs are all covered in great pom-poms of white candyfloss and some of the branches are sagging under the weight. I am reduced to sitting in our small conservatory watching the bird table. I did earlier venture forth to stock it up with a good mix of nuts, seed and suet. It must have come as a shock to the wildlife as so far we have escaped much of the white stuff, but March can be very unpredictable in the Peak, especially over 1,000 feet up in Buxton. The reed buntings are back which is great and all the usual suspects are putting in fleeting appearances. Over in the far field at the back of the cottage there must be over thirty wood pigeons covering the upper branches of a tree like huge dark fruit. Earlier in the day I was treated to the sight of about twenty five lapwings tumbling over through the blur of snow. Yesterday, glancing through the study window I spotted a treecreeper exploring a tall cotoneaster shrub in the garden. Although I have encountered quite a few treecreepers so far this year in local woods, it is quite a coup to see one in our garden up on the edge of the moor; I think I have only two other records in over twenty years. It is still snowing and a mass of jackdaws is wheeling in the stark, ebony sky like a black shadow from another realm.

I can recommend Pete's blog site as a source of knowledge beyond my limited experience.





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